Plymouth is a town with an intriguing history. In the 1850s and 60s, the Underground Railroad had a stop in Plymouth at the home of Nathaniel Rogers, which is now the site of the Silver Center. In 1864, former president Franklin Pierce sat at his friend Nathaniel Hawthorne’s bedside as the great writer lay dying in Plymouth. And in 1916, baseball legend Babe Ruth—then a pitcher for the Red Sox—visited the Draper and Maynard Building on Main Street, back when it was a sporting goods factory.
These moments and others in Plymouth’s history were brought to life in this year’s Educational Theatre Collaborative (ETC) production, Marking the Moment. The musical, written by Professor of Education and ETC Artistic Director Trish Lindberg in collaboration with Professor Emeritus of History Manuel Marquez-Sterling, was the first in a number of community events to honor Plymouth’s sesquicentennial.—Elizabeth Cheney ’89, ’99G, photos by John Anderson.